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  • Mortgage rates defy experts to close year below 4%, Freddie Mac says

    Mortgage rates defy experts to close year below 4%, Freddie Mac says
    Closing out a year of surprisingly low mortgage interest rates, the average rate for a conventional 30-year home loan was 3.87% this week, Freddie Mac said, up slightly from 3.83% a week ago. The home-financing giant reported that the 30-year rate...
  • U.S. bonds set for more modest year after banner 2014

    The U.S. bond market could enjoy a solid 2015, but don't expect a repeat of the spectacular run that some fixed-income sectors enjoyed this year, investors said on Wednesday. U.S. government debt that matures in 20 years and beyond is on track for a 27...
  • U.S. bull market rolled on in 2014, but investors got pickier

    Investment success in 2014 was mostly about keeping it simple. That may not be a bad way to go in 2015, either. Well-known U.S. blue chip shares handily beat obscure smaller stocks and most foreign markets over the last 12 months. High-quality bonds...
  • The stock market's bull run keeps going in 2014; Major indexes extend gains

    Stocks delivered again in 2014. Even after a poor start in January and wobbles in October and December, the U.S. market climbed 11.4 percent and ended the year close to record levels. The solid gain pushed the bull run for stocks into its sixth year, the...
  • From oil to wages: 5 economic stories to watch in 2015

    From oil to wages: 5 economic stories to watch in 2015
    The start of a new year is a good time to take stock. For those of us in the news business, this suggests stepping back and asking what's important. Here are five economic stories worth watching. What happens to oil? Saudi Arabia has helped drive down...
  • Nasdaq climbs its way back toward heights of dot-com boom

    SAN JOSE, Calif. The Nasdaq has been steadily climbing its way back to the heights of the dot-com boom leading to the inevitable question of whether it's headed for another dot-com bust. While stock market analysts have a range of views, most argue...
  • Mortgage rates defied forecasts in 2014; what's ahead in 2015?

    Mortgage rates defied forecasts in 2014; what's ahead in 2015?
    Housing economists were nearly unanimous a year ago: U.S. mortgage rates would rise in 2014 because the Federal Reserve was unwinding a key economic stimulus that had helped keep long-term interest rates low. But as the year passed, the Fed's pull-...
  • Consumer prices post biggest drop in 6 years on lower gasoline costs

    Consumer prices post biggest drop in 6 years on lower gasoline costs
    Plunging gasoline costs led to the largest drop in consumer prices in six years last month and added another complication for Federal Reserve policymakers as they try to determine when to start raising interest rates. The Consumer Price Index declined...
  • Federal Reserve signals an interest rate hike is getting closer

    Federal Reserve signals an interest rate hike is getting closer
    The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that its first interest rate hike in eight years is approaching as policymakers stopped indicating that short-term rates would remain near zero for “a considerable time.” Instead, the Fed said in a...
  • Stocks open higher amid report of hiring surge last month

    A strong report on job creation pushed stock indexes higher Friday, even though the figures may prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than anticipated. The dollar rose as traders anticipated more robust growth in the U.S. KEEPING...
  • Fed declares economy strong enough for bond-buying stimulus to end

    In the dark days of the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve began buying tens of billions of dollars in bonds each month in a controversial, last-ditch effort to stimulate the economy. Now, nearly six years and more than $4 trillion in...